Mr. Grey Needs New Home: Prefers Modern Design, Likes Books


Mr. Grey is so handsome, he will take your breath away. The Adonis of the moment, Mr. Grey finds himself in Whiskers Rescue Ranch, solo. Anastasia, the ingénue cat he met by chance, has flown the coop, so to speak, and has been adopted before he could blink an emerald eye. Now he awaits the right one to come along and take him home.

“The Ranch is okay, a little homey for my tastes,” says the attractive and confident one-year-old black-and-white cat. “I prefer modern architecture, you know, the whole stone, steel, glass and white leather look. A view is nice. I lost my funds in a Ponzi scheme, and have no choice in décor here,” he rationalizes. “I would hope that whoever rescues me from the Ranch shares my sense of design. The food, while not Per Se is tasty, and the service is timely.  I’ve inferred that adding truffle oil improves everything but who’s going to listen to a cat in reduced circumstances?

“However, the height is nice and I can catnap without disturbance.”

Mr. Grey will wake right up for treats, and a nice stroke on the back. Large and lovely, he has a permanent Cheshire Cat smile on his beautiful face. He will make a wonderful companion to a devoted cat lover, especially one who likes books And, as he harmonically shared the Ranch space with Anastasia, Mr. Grey more than likely will fit into a home with other cats already there. Of course…Anastasia brought a gleam to his eye….

Mr. Grey likes the view from high up in the Ranch.

Come meet Mr. Grey – he’s in our window at Whiskers Holistic Pet Care, 235 East 9th Street btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues, in New York’s East Village. Please come right in and ask about adopting him. Or call us at 212-979-5732 – and leave a message with a phone number to reach you back.

Just remember, Mr. Grey likes to be in control.

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Thank You For The Kind Words, Carl!

“I wish that could say that my cats, Lewis and Clark, get nothing but the best, but that would be a lie. How healthfully they eat varies, just like it varies with me, and for all the same reasons. According to my schedule, they eat: Solid Gold, Iams or, in the most dire of circumstances, Purina Cat Chow from the deli on the corner. I’ve never heard any complaints.

Today I wandered into Whiskers Holistic Pet Care in the east village with a friend and was left feeling inadequate and guilty as a pet owner. Irresponsible, even.

Living in New York I’ve grown accustomed to being in shops, surrounded by merchandise that I know I can’t afford. It just usually happens at the Barney’s Co-op or ABC Carpet & Home and not pet food stores.

At Whiskers I got into a conversation with one of the owners, Randy. Somehow the topic of what I feed my cats came up.

“Do you eat meat?” she asked.

I didn’t know what to say. I weighed all possible options and outcomes and opted for the truth. “Yes, I do,” I said.

“Then share,” she said.

Whiskers has been open since 1988 and occupies a small, crowded space on east 9th Street. The store has another location in Astoria. At the east village store I peered into one of the gigantic freezers that sit on one side of the store and pulled out what looked like a plastic take-out container of some frozen tofurkey salad like one might find at Whole Foods. I saw what looked like carrots, meat and pasta. It looked delicious, like something that I would absolutely eat. It was dog food.

My friend, Robbie, was there for Primal Canine Beef Patties; Primal Feline Chicken and Salmon Nuggets; Nupro Silver with Glucosamine, MSM, and Ester-C; and Halo Dream Coat. I would probably eat all these items, as well, if they were offered me a silver platter with a ramekin of ranch dressing.

At the end, my guilty conscience prevailed and I left with Primal Feline Chicken and Salmon Nuggets, four of which are defrosting in the fridge and the rest of which are occupying not a small amount of space in my already crowded freezer.”

Thank you for the kind words! Stories like this make our day. Click here for his blog post. 

Feed me-ow!

Hey cat owner, this article is for you!

“If you’re one of the 35 million cat guardians in the United States, you undoubtedly want to know whether your feline is getting the food it needs for optimal health. For the domestic housecat, the wrong diet can contribute to health problems ranging from kidney disease and diabetes to allergies and cancer. To make the most of its nine lives, your cat requires a diet that strengthens its immune system—and that means the natural foods that closely resemble the diet of its ancestors.”

Click here for full article.

After Pet Food Scare, Could Homemade be a Help?

Check out this interview with Phil by NPR, after the the pet food scare in 2007

The recent pet food scare that has resulted in many pet deaths has turned some to alternative ways of feeding their pets. Phil Klein, an expert in the field of homemade pet food, offers advice.

What is Your Take on Vegan Diets for Pets?

Tell me, do you think your pets should have the same diet as you? If you are vegan, should animals be denied meat, fish, dairy and poultry?

ABC News takes on the question, and our own Whiskers Randy Klein shares her insights on the matter. A must watch, here is the link to it: Vegan Diets for Pets.

Whiskers’ Classes On Pet Nutrition Featured on NY1

Great knowledge must be shared! Your own Whiskers here featured on NY1, in regards of Pet Nutrition classes offered by Whiskers. Here is the video and full story:

Local Pet Store Offers Classes On Pet Nutrition –

“As more and more pet food is pulled from store shelves, New Yorkers are feeling the void in terms of alternatives. One food class in the city is helping locals cook up a solution. NY1 Home reporter Jill Scott filed the following report.

A little broccoli, a little steak, and how about some chicken? Mix it all together and it might look like dog food, but according to New Yorkers at a local pet food store, it does not taste like it.

In the wake of the recent pet food recall many New Yorkers are taking action, by heading into the kitchen.

“Everyday there is a new recall on another food, so I got really nervous about it and I heard about this seminar so I wanted to come because I figured it was a better option and then what’s going on today,” said one pet owner.

Whiskers Holistic Pet Care in the East Village is offering classes to teach New Yorkers how to cook all-natural delicious meals for their pets.

“More and more people do not know which foods are safe,” said Randy Klein, owner of Whiskers Holistic Pet Care. “So they go into a store and they look around and today the food is safe and tomorrow it’s not. What we are really trying to teach people is what you can do to make the food at home if you want to. And it’s not as simple as throwing down some chicken in a bowl. You have to know what vitamins and supplements to add.”

Instead of offering specific recipes, the class serves up an education about nutrition. The class teaches what ingredients are safe for cats, or are not safe for dogs. The seminar also instructs on ways to prepare the food and what needs to be added.

“It was a surprise to me that I shouldn’t give my dog peppers,” said one seminar attendee. “I would have never thought about putting honey in food. I didn’t know about vinegar. I wasn’t sure what had to be cooked or didn’t need to be cooked. Now I feel like I know, like I have more guidance about what’s right and wrong.”

Most New Yorkers can’t give their pet a gourmet meal every single night. And sometimes both you, and fido, want to order in. So in the class they show you how to order food off of almost any menu.

“I don’t cook for myself, but I will cook for my pets,” said Klein. “And, when I am not cooking for my pets, I will order an extra container of steamed broccoli from the Chinese that I am bringing in. Or, I will order a rare hamburger from the diner for my dog. There are foods that are made already for you that you can incorporate into your pet’s diet.”

There are also 30-40 different frozen food options.

Now aside from the seminars, the staff will work with you one on one to help you develop a menu based on your pet’s individual needs.

All the food created at the seminar can be served raw or cooked, and you might want to check with your vet before changing your pet’s diet.

The seminars cost $20 dollars and will be held at through the fall. For more information go

Because once you start cooking, the only thing you’ll recall is how often your pet comes back for a doggie bag.”

-Jill Scott